This program provides a financial incentive to encourage development and redevelopment in central urban areas, local community improvement project areas and brownfield sites.
We are preparing for the drafting and consideration of a new Niagara Region development charges by-law. This may impact program or exemption availability.
Eligibility for exemptions is based on the policies in place at the time development charges are payable. For example, at the time of building permit application. We can provide no assurance that existing policies will continue in the same form. The current development charges by-law expires on Aug. 31, 2017.
Exemption of development charges (50-75 per cent) are available immediately at the building permit stage if your development is:
Your project may also be eligible for a refund of the remaining 50-25 per cent of the development charges if it satisfies a specific number of criteria as outlined in the program guide or is certified at any level of LEED.
Hard copies of the applicant information package are also available for pick-up at Niagara Region Headquarters.
Email planning and development for further information.
There are a number of exemptions found in provincial legislation. In addition to those, the following Regional exemptions have been included in the current Regional development charges by-law:
In addition there may be credits against development charges which may be related to your project: